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CMU+TGE Update: Keynote in conversations at The Great Escape 2022

By | Published on Wednesday 27 April 2022

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We are now just two weeks away from The Great Escape 2022 – and over those two weeks we’ll be running through the sessions being presented by CMU as part of this year’s Great Escape Conference. That includes three full-day strands – MUSIC+EDUCATIONMUSIC+DATA and MUSIC+VIDEO – plus the TGE Elevate Sessions for those early on in their music careers. Oh, and a series of keynote in conversations.

We have just confirmed another of those conversations, which will take place at 12.45pm on Thursday 12 May. In this session, we will put the spotlight on the recent headline-grabbing court battle over Ed Sheeran’s hit ‘Shape Of You’ by speaking to the team that advised him.

Simon Goodbody from Bray & Krais, Rayan Fakhoury from Blackstone Chambers and music publishing consultant Jim Doyle will be in conversation with CMU’s Chris Cooke, explaining the background to the case and the legal arguments that were presented in court.

With numerous similar lawsuits filed in the US courts in recent years, how effective is copyright law at dealing with disputes where one artist accuses another of infringing their work, and what measures can songwriters and their business partners take to protect themselves if they are on the receiving end of such a claim? The experts discuss!

Later on Thursday 12 May, at 4.30pm, MP and culture select committee member Kevin Brennan, and musician and #BrokenRecord founder Tom Gray, will also be in conversation with CMU’s Chris Cooke.

Tom will discuss the process of building the #BrokenRecord campaign from the ground up, while Kevin will talk about the Parliamentary inquiry which put the economics of music streaming firmly into the public spotlight. They will also both offer insight into how artists and songwriters can build on the momentum of what has been achieved so far.

And finally – on Friday 13 May at 12.45pm – we’ll be joined by music PR legend Barbara Charone, who will be talking through the highlights and key moments of her career in the music industry ahead of the publication of her memoir ‘Access All Areas: A Backstage Pass Through 50 Years Of Music And Culture’.

Barbara spent the first half of her career as a music journalist working for NME, Sounds, Rolling Stone, Crawdaddy and Cream before writing the authorised biography ‘Keith Richards: Life As A Rolling Stone’ in 1979. She then moved into PR, working closely with artists including Madonna, Mark Ronson, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Depeche Mode, Texas, Rag N Bone Man, St Vincent, Pearl Jam, Olly Murs, Ray Davies and Rufus Wainwright.

To access all these in conversations, plus all the other CMU+TGE sessions and the full TGE Conference – get yourself a delegate pass here.